Juan Pablo Angel trained with Chivas USA for the first time on Tuesday and now the deal is sealed.
The Galaxy get a third round 2012 Supplemental Draft pick in exchange for the former EPL star with Aston Villa; Chivas USA get a veteran striker who scored more MLS goals than any other player in the last four seasons with New York, but managed just three for the Galaxy since joining them as a replacement for Edson Buddle.
“I hope the season is better for me compared to how it began,” Angel said. “I now have the opportunity to help a team that has worked very hard to get where it is. Despite certain difficulties in the beginning of the year, this team has, little-by-little, found its best level of play. The coach has communicated his plan and the players understand it. I need to adapt very quickly and try to help the team earn a spot in the playoffs.”
So after three years of saying it wanted a designated player or at least a top scorer, Chivas USA finally has one, albeit a castoff from their closest rivals. Angel’s departure makes room for EPL striker Robbie Keane who has agreed terms with the Galaxy; the former Spurs player could make his debut against San Jose this weekend.
“Juan Pablo is a great pick up for us because he knows how to score goals,” Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser said. “Outside of his experience and ability on the field, he’s a classy person and I think that another experienced classy person in our locker-room is a positive.
“Since the first day I arrived, I’ve been asked, “Who’s going to score goals for you?” Fraser added. “I have said all along that we would score goals by committee and as a group we’ve done a good job of finding opportunities, creating opportunities and finishing some.
Certainly now we have a player who is renowned for scoring goals. If we continue to play well and we incorporate a player who knows his way around the box, it’s going to be a good fit”.